USN-1272-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities
21 November 2011
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 10.10
Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
- linux - Linux kernel
It was discovered that CIFS incorrectly handled authentication. When a user had a CIFS share mounted that required authentication, a local user could mount the same share without knowing the correct password. (CVE-2011-1585)
Andrea Righi discovered a race condition in the KSM memory merging support. If KSM was being used, a local attacker could exploit this to crash the system, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2011-2183)
Vasily Averin discovered that the NFS Lock Manager (NLM) incorrectly handled unlock requests. A local attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-2491)
Robert Swiecki discovered that mapping extensions were incorrectly handled. A local attacker could exploit this to crash the system, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2011-2496)
It was discovered that the wireless stack incorrectly verified SSID lengths. A local attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service or gain root privileges. (CVE-2011-2517)
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
- Ubuntu 10.10
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-generic - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-generic-pae - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-omap - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-powerpc - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-powerpc-smp - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-powerpc64-smp - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-server - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-versatile - 2.6.35-31.62
- linux-image-2.6.35-31-virtual - 2.6.35-31.62
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.
ATTENTION: Due to an unavoidable ABI change the kernel updates have been given a new version number, which requires you to recompile and reinstall all third party kernel modules you might have installed. If you use linux-restricted-modules, you have to update that package as well to get modules which work with the new kernel version. Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages (e.g. linux-generic, linux-server, linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically perform this as well.